[translation] Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi ~ Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai 6, Ch. 11 part 10

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July 9, 2015 // sekai-ichi hatsukoi, trifecta

Type: Novel Translation
Title: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai 6
Series: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
Author/Circle: Nakamura Shungiku, Fujisaki Miyako
Rating: PG
Language: English
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This time: Yokozawa and Hiyori talk about his feelings regarding Oosaki-sensei, and Yokozawa gives his own feelings some thought as well.

Chapter 11 (cont.)

They parted ways with Kirishima and Oosaki once again, heading for the parking lot. The tiny body clinging to Yokozawa’s back was warm but weak, and he was reminded anew that while she could go toe to toe with adults at times, Hiyori was still a child.

“Am I heavy, Oniichan?”

“Not at all; you’re light as a feather. You don’t have to worry about me—you’re the sick one, here. Actually, you can be even more demanding if you like. Like earlier, you really did want to see the exhibits with four dad, didn’t you?”

“I couldn’t ask that. Dad’s so busy with work…”

As he’d suspected, she had indeed held herself back today out of consideration for Kirishima’s position. “Then tell me instead. If your dad and I take on half the load each, I’m sure we can give you what you’d like.”

“But—you’re really busy right now too, aren’t you?”

“I suppose, but it’s the fact that I get to see you and Sorata on the weekends that keeps me going strong. Don’t you think I deserve to be able to give a little back? I’m sure your dad feels the same way.”

“You think…?”

“Absolutely,” he affirmed easily, and a smile blossomed over Hiyori’s face. Then, realizing that now was the time to ask, if he truly wanted to hear her thoughts, he continued, “…Hey, Hiyo? Did that lady from before make you feel uncomfortable?”

Hiyori had been uncharacteristically shy all day today, and Yokozawa suspected she just wasn’t very good at dealing with Oosaki’s type. He’d never seen her acting this nervous around her friends’ mothers or neighbors, so it was unlikely that she was bad at dealing with adult women in general.

Naturally, she’d never say as such herself—which was why Yokozawa asked. Plus, if Kirishima had been around, she wouldn’t speak her heart, worried she’d just cause her father undue trouble.

“…Yeah, a little…”

“You don’t see her sort that often. You didn’t know how to handle her, did you?” He kept his tone light, to keep her from getting too serious about the matter.

“That was part of the reason, yeah, but—I just got a bad feeling. It was my first time meeting her, though; it’s weird of me to feel that way, isn’t it?”

She never spoke badly about anyone, so the fact that she was voicing such negative opinions on Oosaki now suggested that she’d been jealous of the author, in a way.

“Not at all; your gut rarely fails you. Maybe you and Oosaki-sensei’s personalities just don’t click. I’m sure you have some classmates that, while you don’t dislike them, you just don’t get along, right?”

“Yeah, a few.” It seemed that, on top of wanting to give her father some space today, she’d been struggling with guilt over her negative emotions as well.

While Yokozawa envied her pure, innocent feelings, he felt obligated as the same time to offer some advice as an adult: “While it would be nice if everyone could get along happily, you’re gonna encounter a lot of people throughout your life life, so what does it really hurt if one or two of them aren’t your type? You just need to learn to avoid them.”

“That’s all?”

“If you never have to see them, then you’ll never have to deal with the feeling that you don’t like them.”

“I see…”

Once she started her career, there would be times that she’d have to work with people she didn’t get along with, but by the time she reached that age, Hiyori would hopefully be able to deal with them appropriately.

“Though I’m a terrible example—I tend to confront those types head-on.”

“You’re not a bad example!”

“You think? That does make me feel better, knowing you feel that way. Look—we’re here. Want to lay the passenger seat down flat so you can lie down?”

“No, I’d rather ride in the back.”

He let Hiyori slide from his back, then pulled out the remote key Kirishima had given him and unlocked the doors. “Want me to go get you some water?”

“No, I’ll be fine. My stomach stopped hurting when I started talking to you.”

“You sure? You’re not pushing yourself?”

“Yeah, I feel better now, really.”

“Then put this on, at least—it won’t do for you to catch a chill.” He tugged off his pullover, laying it over her body.

“Thank you, Oniichan.”

“You’re quite welcome.”

Perhaps stress had been the cause of her stomachache—that happened fairly often with kids. If Hiyori’s mood lightened even the slightest bit by speaking with Yokozawa, though, then he was glad to have been of aid.

Her expression, however, suggested that she was still worried over something. Yokozawa slid in next to her, waiting patiently for her to break the ice.

“…Hey, Oniichan?”

“Hm?”

“That lady…she’s not gonna be my new mom, is she?”

“?! Ah—no, no I…don’t think so.” The sudden question had given him a start. He’d intended to be here to help Hiyori settle her feelings, but now he was the one feeling disoriented. Apparently she’d been more unsettled by Yuki’s words earlier than Yokozawa had. The way she’d laughed off the idea must have been a bluff.

“Really? When Yuki-chan asked me if she was gonna be my mom, I thought maybe…”

Yuki could be a bit mature at times; he’d heard she had an older sister in high school, so perhaps that was why.

“I don’t think you need to worry about that. You’re the person your father cares about most.”

“But—don’t you think he might fall in love with someone? He loves Mama, but she’s not here with us anymore, so…”

“………” Her words were quite awkward to take in…for someone who was secretly sleeping with her father. And some day, they’d eventually have to tell her about their relationship—but until that day came, he’d have to keep lying to her.

“Even at that wedding we went to a while back—a lot of the ladies there said I needed a new mom. I don’t really want one, but I’m not sure about how dad feels…”

“Hiyo…” Children thought a lot more deeply about things than adults gave them credit for—worried about more things, too. Everyone experienced the same things in life as children—so why did they tend to forget about it with age? “If it bothers you so much, why not ask your dad about it?”

“I couldn’t!”

“Why not? If I were him, I’d want you to tell me if you were worried about something like this.”

“You don’t…think it’ll just cause him trouble?”

Yokozawa’s chest clenched at her bravery, worried more about causing problems for Kirishima than about her own feelings. “You not talking to him will cause him more trouble, so if you really want to know something, I’m sure he’ll give you a serious response.”

“………” She fell silent at his suggestion. There was always the option of relating this conversation to Kirishima later in secret and having the man do some subtle follow-up of his own—but given how worked up she obviously was over this issue, she probably wouldn’t be completely reassured until she’d confirmed with Kirishima herself. If she absolutely couldn’t bring herself to discuss it, Yokozawa would have to take care of things himself, but he had faith she’d be able to pull it off on her own.

As he sat there, watching over Hiyori deep in thought, there came a soft knocking on the window. “Sorry to have kept you waiting.” Kirishima pulled open the door on the opposite side, ducking his head in to check on them.

“Dad!”

“How’s the stomach?”

“It doesn’t hurt like it did before. I started feeling better when Oniichan carried me here.”

An expression of relief washed over his face. “I see—that’s great. Maybe his back acted like a hot pad?” His position had demanded he see off Oosaki, but that didn’t mean he hadn’t been worried about his daughter’s condition.

“I’m sorry, Dad. I know that lady wanted us to go out to eat together…”

“What’re you talking about? We can go out to eat any time; your body’s way more important. Don’t worry about it.” He laughed off her apology lightly, but her expression remained sullen, and seeing the way she kept wavering between trying to say something before losing her nerve, Kirishima realized what the issue was. “…Feel free to tell me I’m wrong if I am, but…did you not want her to come with us, and that’s why your stomach started hurting?”

“It…it wasn’t that I didn’t like her, just…”

“It’s my fault for not being able to keep my promise after saying we’d come see the exhibit together. I’m really sorry. You came here all excited, and I ruined the whole day.”

“No way! It’s your job, so it’s not like you could help it.”

“But today’s not a work day. I really should have put you first, so I’m sorry I wasn’t more thoughtful.”

“……” Hiyori’s eyes began to water as Kirishima gently massaged her head, testament to just how much she’d been holding back.

“Hiyo…?” Kirishima seemed thrown by his daughter’s teary eyes.

She finally found the courage to confess her worries, blurting out, “Hey, Dad? That lady’s not gonna be my new mom, is she?”

Kirishima’s display of shock at the question, completely out of left field, put Yokozawa’s to shame. “Why would you ask that all of a sudden? Of course not! No way, no how!”

“Really?” she asked, expression fraught with worry.

“Absolutely not—never!” At this complete and utter negation, Hiyori’s expression at long last melted into one of relief. As expected, in the end, hearing the words from Kirishima had done the trick. “Do you want a new mother?”

“I guess if you wanted one…” she returned after a moment’s consideration, her voice hesitant and soft. It was very Hiyori of her to still be trying to affect a stiff upper lip, even now.

Kirishima simply laughed off the suggestion, though. “How ridiculous! I’ve got you and Yokozawa and Sorata—and that’s all I need. Didn’t I tell you that before? I assumed you felt the same—but was I wrong?”

“No, you’re not wrong.” A grin blossomed on her features at his reassurance, and while Yokozawa experienced a moment’s panic hearing his name so casually mixed in with the rest, he was relieved to see that Hiyori hadn’t been bothered by it.

But if he let Kirishima keep mouthing off like that, things were bound to turn ugly, so he decided to suggest they head back home, cutting off further discussion. “Let’s get going—Sorata’s waiting on us, after all.”

“Right!”

“If you’re feeling better, want to buy some cake to take back on the way?” Perhaps Kirishima was hoping to ease the guilt of having worried his daughter by spoiling her some.

Still—even if she felt better now, she had been feeling sickly before. “Don’t you think we should give up on that for today?”

“Pudding’s good for the digestion, isn’t it? How about some of that?”

“…If it’s pudding, I’d rather have the pudding Oniichan makes.”

Yokozawa’s lips quirked up at the corners in response to Hiyori’s request as Kirishima sought her opinion. She really needed to make these childish ‘demands’ more often; that was her right as a kid.

“All right; I’ll make up a batch as soon as we get home. Wanna have your old man pitch in today?”

“Eh? Are you sure that’s all right?”

“I’m sure even someone as clumsy as him can’t mess up mixing milk and eggs together. If we make sure to teach him the proper method, he could even make it for you when I’m not around.”

“You’re sure I’ll be fine?”

“We’ll practice in order to make it fine.” Now was the perfect time to start making plans to put a little space between himself and the pair, after all. Hiyori had reacted particularly strongly to the earlier mention of a ‘mother’ in her conversation with Yuki—and that degree of resistance showed just how sensitive she was to the notion. Seeing all of those families visiting the exhibit together certainly hadn’t helped improve her mood, either. She was still at an age where she wanted to be doted upon—so it was hardly strange for her to want a mother.

If Kirishima ever came across a woman of a similar type to Hiyori’s mother, he might actually consider remarrying. With a woman like that, Hiyori wouldn’t feel such a strong aversion—she’d probably be able to open up to her more easily, in fact. Then she might finally get the loving attention she wanted.

“………”

He had no reassurance that his days spent with the Kirishimas would continue indefinitely. They might end some day—and they might not. No one could predict the future. But while he couldn’t deny that he hoped such a day would never come, if he started preparing for that day, he might just make it out in one piece.

He didn’t want to go out kicking and screaming pathetically like last time. While he maintained that he’d done what he did out of a genuine desire to see the other person happy, he knew he’d only wound up hurting them.

Having his heart broken before his very eyes had done some damage, but he’d also been struck by the acceptance that he’d never had a chance in the first place, and that all of his efforts had been for nothing. He never wanted to go through that again.

All he wanted was for the people he cared for to be happy. Seeing them with smiles on their faces, he’d learned, was his own brand of happiness. If he could learn to properly place space between them like this, he’d eventually be able to draw out ideal boundaries.

“Oi, Yokozawa. You sure you’re feeling okay yourself?”

“Huh?”

At some point, Kirishima had slipped into the driver’s seat and was peering at him in the back seat with a worried expression. “You were spacing out.”

It seemed he’d been so lost in thought, he hadn’t realized he was being spoken to. Hiyori was staring up at him as well with an anxious expression.

“Sorry, just drifted off for a bit.” If Kirishima learned what he’d been thinking just now, he’d no doubt reprimand him for thinking stupid thoughts.

“Oniichan, are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. I think I’m just hungry myself,” he bluffed with a wry grin.

“That settles it—let’s get something to eat before going home. Japanese food should be easy on the stomach. You two settle in for a nap back there, and let me know if you start feeling bad.”

“………” He felt pathetic, but buckled his seatbelt beside Hiyori without further comment.

To be continued…

80 Comments

  1. Thank you very much! The day didn’t start very well, but it was really great to see a new segment when I peeked over!
    I love this: “Kirishima’s display of shock at the question, completely out of left field, put Yokozawa’s to shame.”
    And there’s a typo: “see the exhibits with four dad.” ^_^ Hiyo already has two! And Yokozawa is really sweet in this part, like a real onii-chan.

  2. I feel as if some thing big is going to happen, anyway thank you so much for the translations.

  3. Oh my god. Thank you!! I’ve been waiting for ages for the next part. And the wait is totally worth it!! So much fluffy.

  4. Thank you so much for the translation~

  5. Thank you so much

  6. Thank you very much for the update! It made my day ^^

  7. Oh yeah. It is fantastic, that is really fast today published the chapter. Thank you very much.

  8. Thanks for your hard work!

  9. Thank you sooooo much!!!

  10. Pero que linda es hiyo! Es tan pura, es muy buena persona. Sentirse mal por pensar tener pensamientos malos o egoístas…. Si la quería antes ahora la amo xD Ademas cuando dice que solo necesitan a yokozawa y sorata con ellos… <///3

    Espero que yokozawa no se bajonee tanto. Como el dice todo puede pasar en un futuro. Pero ahora mismo ellos tres se ven sin ninguna duda como una familia

    Muchas graciass!! (no se hablar ingles pero lo entiendo (?) por eso el comentario en español lol

  11. thank you sooo muuuch,love youuu fencer_x san

  12. And here I thought Hiyo suspected a little. Oh dear, Yokozawa’s inner monologue is getting to him, again. Thanks for translating.

  13. I hate to see Yokozawa still weighing his relationship with Kirishima against what happened with Takano. It hurts to see him trying so hard to prepare himself to bow out if Kirishima finds someone else. I just wish he could really believe in what the two of them have. There definitely aren’t any guarantees in life, but to keep balancing on the edge like this is just painful.

    At least the Oosaki question was well settled for both Hiyo and Yokozawa, though I don’t suppose she considers it to be. She needs to learn that no matter how much you like someone, you can’t force them to return your feelings. I really wish she’d back off.

    Anyway, as always, being able to read more of this story has made my day. Thank you so much!!

  14. Thank you very much for the new chapter.

  15. thank you so much!

  16. Oh no! Don’t start the distance thing again! Poor Yokozawa.

  17. Thanks for the update by the way!

  18. Thank you so much!!!

  19. Thank you very much for one more part of this wonderful novel!!!

  20. Oh wow – that was a fast update! I was expecting it’d be a longer wait but what a treat! Thank you so much for another lovely translation~ Yokozawa is breaking my heart here. All those insecurities man – I hope Kirishima can pull him back from those.

    I look forward to more :)

  21. Thank you so much.

  22. his insecurities sometimes got my nerves but well i believed it’s natural for you to be insecure when you’re gay, had bad experience in love life, your partner has a kid, the kid seems like she doesn’t like the idea of her father in romantic relationship with anyone, and of course theres rival that makes things more complicated.
    As always his insecurities broke my heart :'( btw it’s not the last instalment, of the series right ??

  23. Thank you :)

  24. So cute as usual. I love the way Hiyori reacted to the whole thing. Thanks for thid installment!

  25. Thank you <3

  26. Yay, another update! :D Thank you so much, as always, for the hard work! I’ll look forward to the next one!

  27. Thank you so much! :3
    That was absolutely adorable! I’m always baffled by how amazing Yokozawa is as a parent!

  28. Chiyeko Takafumi July 10, 2015 at 7:03 am Reply

    Muito obrigada pela tradução!!! (≧∇≦)
    Sinto que algo genial esta para acontecer!!! Yokozawa pare de ter esses pensamentos ridículos, você é muito pessimista (๑•́ ₃ •̀๑) Tenho certeza que seu relacionamento com Kirishima dara muito certo!!! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
    Ou não….. ╮(⊙ _>⊙)╭

  29. this part hurt me so bad ;____;!!! yokozawa be strong!!!

  30. Thank you ^^

  31. Thank you so much for the new chapter. I had been looking forward to this. I just adore the couple so much!

  32. Thank you!

  33. Thank you very much :D

  34. Omgoodness so cute! My heart aches, but I love every second of it! ^^

  35. I think is the best part of the entire YTNB so far. I’m happy to see that the series is actually considering concerns of children and their parents’ relationships, which I rarely see in manga.

  36. Thank you . ;)

  37. thanks a lot :D

  38. Thank you so, so, so much for translating this chapter. It means so much to us fans that you guys are working hard to share the love. :3 thank you! Much love. <3

  39. Thank you!

  40. Hi hi honey! What a good day ^^ but i got a bad feeling.. that lady Oosaki whatever (?) I HATE HER!!! Thanks for your hard work, really~ I’ll be waiting the next part, take your time :D

  41. Yokozawa’s fears are quite justified really. Great chapter, because I feel like I can fully sympathize with him, and not feel frustrated that he’s being insecure again.

  42. Thank you very much. Hmm, it seems Hiyori is more oblivious than I thought. I suppose she’s not that mature yet. She seems to have no inkling whatsoever that Yokozawa and Kirishima are dating. And I do wish Yokozawa would stop trying to create himself emergency exits – it’s an indirect sign of mistrust in his relationship with Kirishima, and that could wreck a lot more damage than Yokozawa thinks.

    Grammar
    1. you really did want to see the exhibits with four dad
    -> your dad (as pointed by someone else already, but for the completeness of my list..)

    2. he felt obligated as the same time
    -> at the same time

    3. you’re gonna encounter a lot of people throughout your life life, so what
    remove the second “life”

    4. You’re the person your father cares about most
    -> the most? I’m on the fence on this one, I can’t say if it needs the “the” or not.

  43. Thank you for the translation!

  44. Thanks for a lovely chapter. I guess I can live with the jealousy trope if it gets us Yokozawa being an amazing step-dad and Hiyori just taking it for granted that he is part of the family. That bodes well for when she is old enough to start thinking about her two dads and how she’ll handle it.

    I see Yokozawa’s distancing himself as an incredibly humble and respectful thing for him to do. He’s learnt from his mistake with Takano – holding on even when there was no hope. He’s not going to put his needs first, he’s going to put Hiyori and Kirishima first. Their happiness is the most important thing and he’s willing to sacrifice his desire for them to their own desires for themselves. That shows his growth from when he was obsessed with Takano. This is something that everyone in love faces at some time or another. Despite our best intentions, the kind of love and relationship that lasts forever does not always happen and we need to be able to be ourselves first and foremost so that we can be a whole person within our relationship and survive it if we experience its loss.

  45. Thank you for the new chapter!

    ;_; cries at the domestic scene. I foresee Yokozawa distancing himself from the Kirishima family. ;~;

  46. I can’t believe I hated Yokozawa so much, he’s such a sweetie! Thanks a lot for the update!!

  47. thank you for the hardwork as always! :D

  48. Thank you so much for the translation. :)

  49. Ok, wtf is Yokozawa’s logic?!

    Hiyo (on multiple occasions): I don’t want a new mom.

    Yokozawa: Hiyo definitely wants a new mom and that can’t be me, sulk, sulk sulk …

    Seriously, I love the guy, but he just keeps trying to find flaws in his relationship. -.-‘

  50. Thanks so much! made my day!

  51. THANKS!

  52. Thank you sooo much!Can’t wait to read it!

  53. Thank you very much for the new chapter/part and the wonderful translations as usual!!^_^

  54. Thank you!

  55. Thank you so much! The perfect thing to end my day:)

  56. Thanks for the updates and all you hard work….I really feel for Yokozawa

  57. You made my day, thanks for your hard work <3

  58. Thank you

  59. I see, I understand where yokozawa’s feelings are coming from, no matter what it is even when kirishima tells him its going to be alright, in the end it’s still up to hiyori’s reaction towards their relationship. He had suffered so much from his past relationship with takano, and he doesn’t want that to happen again… My baby you deserve to be happy… Please don’t say such things.

  60. Thank you verrrrry much! I’ve been waiting for this for ages ㅠㅠ i just can’t stop predict what’ll happend ㅠㅠ at least i can guess matter regarding to oosaki-sensei is settled on, yeah? ㅠㅠ maybe kirishima will give a thought about yokozawa’s anxious feeling ㅠㅠ

    Looking forward the next part♡

    Thank you and have a blast nice day fencer_x ~sama ☆☆☆

  61. thank you so much for your hard work. I’ll waiting patienly for the next translation…

  62. Thank you for the updates.

  63. Thank you very much for translating!!><)3

  64. Thank you TwT~♡

  65. thank you so much, being able to read more of those two is a blessing, thank you fancer

  66. love it!

  67. always onii-chan feeling insecure about his relationship but it’s understandable…

    kudos to you translator-san

  68. This is the third time I read this and yet I still love the story very much xD thank you~

  69. It’s so cute yet in the other hand so heart breaking seeing yokozawa being like this.. TT

  70. Thank you so much!!!

  71. I can’t thank you guys enough for taking out your time to translate this beautiful piece of art.
    I can only imagine how much you guys have got up your sleeves and al though the updates to the story are a bit slow, but every time it does get updated I’m in pure zest just to read it further.

    Thanks once again <3

  72. Thank you so much!!!
    PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THE STORY I WANT THE NEXT PART PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  73. Thank you for the segment, I agree complete with Nekocin above and undertsand Yokozawa and his development since he start this relationhip and his real thougths for the future.

  74. Wow I think my love and adoration for Yokozawa just increase again. I really like how he had a talk with hiyori, comforting her, telling her to be more spoilt to her onii-chan and father, that she can always lean on them and also encourage her in approaching the subject of a ‘new mum’ to her father. Her insecurities was valid knowing she was not the type that would trouble her father by imposing her selfish and ‘negative’ feelings. I would love to give her a big hug if I was there. Then there is Yokozawa’s VERY ON POINT thoughts and feelings towards all this ordeal. I could genuinely empathise with him and couldn’t help myself but agree with him. His past experience made him realised that the happiness of his love ones are the most priority and he would do anything even though he might not be there. God, how more selfless can he be. I really don’t see anything wrong in him THINKING of distancing himself from the Kirishimas. Now I can’t wait for the next part to be translated because Kirishima & Yokozawa have some serious talk to do. Really love how mature this is! And also thank you so much for the translation! *bows*

  75. Can’t wait for the next chap! Thanks for the hard work!

  76. Thank you so much for the traslation ,this novel is beautiful i love it read about this couple <3 !!!

  77. Gracias por el capitulo!
    Ame cuando Kirishima le dice a Hiyo “Te tengo a ti, a Yokozawa y a Sorato, y eso es todo lo que necesito” ♥ kyyyyaaaaa >/////< Tremenda declaracion de amor ♥
    Este capitulo demostro las inseguridades que Hiyo tiene con respecto a tener una nueva mamá pero fue bueno que Kirishima le aclarara todo :) Lastima que con esta inquietud de Hiyo tambien preocupo a Yokozawa por su posible futuro u.u No me gusta que Yokozawa sea tan negativo, Sabe que kirishima lo ama y se lo dice todo el tiempo. Espero que Kirishima le de sus nalgadas como castigo :3

    Gracias ^^

  78. I love how Yokozawa is with Hiyori, and Kirishima is so sweet with Hiyo and Yokozawa, i thank them for translate the novel, but how long will I wait for the next part of the novel?

  79. Thanks september scanlations, fencer_x… I am looking forward for the next update.. But please take your time xD i dont mind waiting :D thank you!!!!

  80. Please update soon! Can’t wait much longer for the next chapter.

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